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How my iPad kicked my PS3 while it was down

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Sony’s Playstation Network has been down for weeks due to hacking. As of today, it’s slowly coming back online, starting with Europe and North American. I don’t think I could possibly care less.

The PS Network has been down for so long now that what would otherwise have been an inconvenience has turned into a massive economic disaster for Sony. Game retailers are reporting massive jumps in number of PS3 consoles that have been returned in the last few week and that is likely to continue for quite a while even when the system is back online. That’s because the outage has made people realize one of two things; they want something that works, or that they don’t really need a console at all.

The latter is absolutely the case for me. I haven’t touched my PS3 in ages- actually not since before the outage started- and have instead been playing through games on my iPad. At the moment it’s Order & Chaos Online that’s taking up my time. At this point I’ve likely spent more time on this game than on the two previous PS3 titles I bought- Crysis 2 and Homefront- combined. Oh, and those two cost me $200 total, while Order & Chaos Online cost me $6.99. The control system is brilliant in Order & Chaos Online, which combined with great graphics and a stupidly huge game and social elements makes it a winner. Once I’m tired of this game, I’ll dig deeper into Star Front: Collision and then Eternal Legacy HD which I picked up on (a still running) sale for $0.99. I also still play We Rule Quests, which is still fun to play after more than half a year due to 2+ updates per week (a big advantage of certain freemium games).

With all of that going on I have trouble seeing why I should keep my PS3. Sure, the games have better graphics and sometimes better controls (but not always), but they’re certainly not always longer and they’re up to 100 times more expensive (that’s not an exaggeration). With the iPad 2 getting a 9x bump in graphics power a year after the iPad 1 came out and the PS3 having the same hardware was when it was released 5 years ago, I also have to myself when we’ll be at the point where they’re equal in graphics as well. Between Onlive, game controller support and increasing focus on mobile gaming from big companies, it seems that all we need is for someone to put all the pieces together to get tablets fully into the gaming market.

Then again, Angry Birds is likely to be available on refrigerators and coffee makers and cause a complete shutdown of society before that happens.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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5 thoughts on “How my iPad kicked my PS3 while it was down

  • I still enjoy the games on the PS3. Portal 2 on a big screen was something I really liked, for example. Depending on what games you like, I don’t see the 2 excluding one anoer anytime soon.

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    • Been looking forward to Portal 2 myself and had planned on picking it up when exams are over. However, spending $80-100 on a game (normal price here in norway) when you’re used to paying $1-10 on the iPad is becoming harder and harder as iPad games become better and better

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    Hmm. I very much agree. Although it seems ironic that Microsoft emailed me telling me my subscription for live was running out. I really don’t think I will be getting it again… I never use it.

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  • I would prefer to play good original games and ports of fantastic old games (both of which exist in droves on the iPad) than Gameloft’s Video Brinquedo/Malt-O-Meal esc dollar store knockoff swill.

    What I get from this article is that have the standard fanboy syndrome where you get caught up in the platform over the actual games. You are more concerned with which box of silicon you are playing games on than what games you are actually playing.

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    • No, I’m more concerned about whether a the difference in game quality is worth the difference in price, a difference that is quite literally 100x in many cases. That has nothing do do with fanboyism, but rather economy.

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